Gazelle vs Trek Verve+ 3

Rileylt

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USA
My husband and I are getting our 1st e-bikes. We are in our low 60s and will ride on paved trails and roads. We have done many test drives and the bikes that have felt best to us so far are the Gazelle Ultimate t10 and the Trek Verve+ 3. I have read many reviews and they both sound great...but we don't have the knowledge to know if one is better than the other. The Gazelle is about $700 more but not sure if that translates to the quality being better. If anyone has any insight, we would really appreciate it! Thank you!
 

fooferdoggie

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off hand the gazelle has a performance motor so more torque for better climbing. but I would compare it to the allant 7 then you get more torque on the trek and you can add a second battery better shifting and braking on the gazelle.
 

retiredNH

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USA
Both are quality bikes. If your planned rides are in relatively flat terrain, climbing doesn't matter much. Which bike is more comfortable for you? Which dealer (LBS) do you like better? Which has better service?
Once you start looking at quality name brands, the differences become very personal. Rather like "should I buy a Honda CRV or a Subaru Forester?"
 

2wheels4fun

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USA
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Orange
If you ate a heavier rider the gazelle bikes usually have 36 spoke wheels, the trek bikes have 32 spoke wheels. I had to upgrade my 32 spoke wheelset to a 36, but I weigh 270 lbs.
I have an electra mid drive, a trek brand.
 

Rileylt

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USA
Thanks everyone. I went to another shop and they recommended the Gazelle Arroyo C7 or C8. Those bikes aren't in stock yet but should be soon. It looks to me like they are more comparable to the Trek Verve+ 3 that I was also considering. Both the Trek Verve+ 3 and the Gazelle Arroyo have the Bosch Active Plus motor while the Gazelle Ultimate T10 I had been considering has the Bosch Performance motor. We live in a relatively flat area but plan to travel and want to be able to do hills. Do you think we would be okay with the Active Plus motor? We are in decent shape and don't mind working a little but definitely want the bike to be able to do it's part! :)
 

retiredNH

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USA
Your ability to do hills depends as much on gearing as on your motor. Note though that neither motor you're talking about comes close to the torque of the performance line speed on our bikes. Of your choices the performance line has more torque and more assist when you want it, but not by a huge margin.
 

TrevorB

Active Member
Go for C8 has better gear range for climbing. The Ultimate C8 is only $200 more and comes with belt drive, riding position is little more sporty which may or may not work for you. From maintenace point of view both bikes are same, enclosed chain or belt drive are about as low maintenance as it gets.

Activeline Plus 50nm with 8spd hub will climb anything you are likely to encounter with ease, more powerful Performanceline 65nm motor will just do it quicker. Given it leisure riding not commuting over hills speed isn't an issue. The derialleur on more powerful T10 will need regular lubing and cleaning. C8 enclosed chain needs lub once every 2-3months and doesn't care to much if you forget. Beltdrive is maintence free bar odd tension (adjust screw) every few months.
 
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